This is where you will find all of the up to date reports on secondary school events.


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Projectability Summer Camp a huge success! Secondary School Pupils which have attended a Sportsability club in any of the networks secondary schools were invited to take part in a Projectability Summer Camp. Sportsability is a fun and inclusive club for able bodied and disabled students, pupils follow a timetable of sports which relate to School Games competitions. Competitions which took place this year were seated volleyball, tee ball and boccia, there are more competitions this year with the addition of the exciting goal ball and indoor curling. The camp involved students participating in a number of activities such as Mountain Biking, Kayaking and Horse Riding as well as an Olympic Inspired trip to Bristol Zoo and a day at the University of Gloucestershire taking part in Paralympic sports. A great week of fun was had!

Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network alongside Cheltenham Borough Council ran an event on Wednesday May 23rd to coincide with the Olympic Torch Travelling to Cheltenham.

The Celebration event saw students from Primary and Secondary Schools participate in various sporting competitions; this was supported by volunteers from The University of Gloucestershire and Leisure@. The Competitions which made up the day were:

Primary School Archery- Lead by Deer Park Archers, 3 Primary Schools (Leckhampton, Gardner’s Lane and Rowanfield Juniors) all received an hour of coaching, learning new skills and techniques of this Olympic Sport. This was finished with an inter-school competition with the winners from each school receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals at the presentation ceremony. All students were in Year 5 and 6.

Girls Touch Rugby- Lead by Ken Stone- Rugby League. 4 teams from 3 Secondary Schools; All Saints’, Cleeve and Pittville (x2) played in a round robin tournament on the main Pitch at The Prince of Wales. They had all received coaching from experienced Rugby Coaches Ken Cuthbert and Ken Stone in the run up to the event. The Year 7&8 competition was the Level 2 qualifying event for the Gloucestershire School Games on June 16th, and the final saw Pittville and All Saints’ battling it out. Pittville were victorious and will be the District representatives at Hartpury on Saturday 16th June.

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Team Triathlon- Teams of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls) took on the challenge, new to many, of the Team Triathlon- every member of the team had to complete ALL disciplines, times were recorded and the team that completed all events in the quickest time would win the Gold Medal’s. They were: 200m swim in the pool at Leisure@, a 4000m bike ride on exercise bikes (due to the glorious sunshine, were placed outside!) and a 2012m run around Prince of Wales Athletics Track.

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There were some fantastic performaces from all teams, especially the run at the end under the baking sun! University of Gloucester Volunteer’s did a fantastic job as time keepers, event leaders and team managers- encouraging and supporting the young people from local schools who were aged 14years+. The medal ceremony saw all teams receive participation certificate and Pates-Bronze, Cleeve-Silver and Tewkesbury-Gold . There was an extra prize for our Olympic and Paralympic Quiz Winners- Pate Grammar. Well Done to all that took part.

Feedback was very positive about the day, many participants wanting to find out about their sport and clubs in the local area. It was great to see a variety of age groups coming together to participate in new competitions in order to celebrate an exciting time for Schools and Sport. We hope to run a similar event next year! Thank you to Cheltenham Borough Council, Loand Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury School Sport Network.

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Bournside School played host to the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network Year 9&10 Mixed Softball Competition on Tuesday 29th May.

The event was supported by the NGB, Baseball Softball UK (BSUK). The structure of the day saw teams from All Saints’, Pittville, Bournside and Chosen Hill receive a morning of coaching from two GB Softball Player/Coaches. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to develop skills, increase their knowledge of a new sport and ask questions to the international athletes in attendance. The sessions focused on the key skills needed in Softball- base running, pitching, fielding and batting. Practice games were also played to ensure the rules were understood and teams could establish tactics and team roles.

The day was finished off with the District Round Robin Competition umpired by the GB Softball Girls. The final saw teams that were consistent throughout the early stages progress through: All Saints Academy and Chosen Hill. With strategic fielding and some great hits from both teams, the score was nail-bitingly close, All Saints’ narrowly missing out by 1 RUN!

Chosen Hill School were awarded the Winners Shield, a bag of Softball Equipment and the opportunity to represent The District on 16th June at Cheltenham College. The BSUK coaches handed out some information regarding local Softball clubs in Swindon and Bristol- they were so impressed with some of the raw talent on display that a few students were Talent ID’d for GB!

Records tumble in the pool

The annual secondary schools swimming championships, held at Cheltenham Ladies College, provided the forum for a plethora of record-breaking performances.  In the sixty event programme an amazing fifteen records were broken.  With Balcarras’ Sixth Former Warren Cannon leading the way with a clean sweep of records in all four strokes.  His recording breaking feat was closely followed by the Tewkesbury’s Year 9 Girls team with Hattie Rothwell setting two new marks in the Backstroke and Frontcrawl events, and teammate Becky Sheppard breaking the breaststroke and Butterfly records.  The Tewkesbury Year 9 team continued their record-breaking form in their final event, the freestyle relay, dipping under the minute to claim the honours.

Cheltenham Ladies College’s Year 8 swimmer, Sophie Tebbs swam the fastest freestyle girls time of the afternoon to set a new age group best, as well as recording a new record in the Year 8 Butterfly.  Also in the Year 8 age group Pate’s backstroke specialist Sophie Whitehead was on form to set the new best time.

Pate’s Year 7 girls team displayed their strength in both the medley and freestyle relays to set the new top times.  Whilst Cleeve’s School sixth form boys team gave an impressive record-breaking performance in the freestyle relay, and came hundreds of a second away breaking the 50 second barrier.

Overall the afternoon saw over 200 swimmers representing nine of the district schools all contributing to some very exciting races.

Top Teams

Year 7 – Girls, Tewkesbury School.

Year 7  Boys, Pates Grammar School

Year 8 – Girls, Cheltenham Ladies College

Year 8 – Boys, Tewkesbury School.

Year 9 – Girls, Tewkesbury School.

Year 9 – Boys, Pates Grammar School

Years 10 & 11 – Girls, Cleeve School

Years 10 & 11 – Boys, Tewkesbury School.

Years 12 & 13 – Girls Cheltenham College

Years 12 & 13  - Boys, Balcarras School

Overall Best Girls Team = Tewkesbury

Overall Best Boys Team = Pates Grammar School